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1 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n One of the great mistakes some make is thinking that only leaders have to pay a price for their faith.

2 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n One of the great mistakes some make is thinking that only leaders have to pay a price for their faith. n Jesus made it plain to His disciples that what happened to Him would happen to them! (Jn 15:18-23)

3 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n John 15:18-23 (NKJV) - If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

4 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n 20 Remember the word that I said to you,A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My names sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

5 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also.

6 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n The truth is that one cannot have a saving faith without paying a high price. (2 Tim 3:12; Mt 10:37-38)

7 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n 2 Timothy 3:12 (NKJV) - Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

8 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n Matthew 10:37-38 (NKJV) - He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

9 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n Those who have come to know God realize that these times of testing are for their good.

10 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n Those who have come to know God realize that these times of testing are for their good. n What gift does God give in addition to faith? (Phil 1:27-30)

11 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n Philippians 1:27-30 (NKJV) - Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,

12 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n 28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. 29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

13 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n When we are emptied of self then the times of trial brings rejoicing. (Heb 10:32-34; 1 Pt 1:7-9)

14 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n Hebrews 10:32-34 (NKJV) - But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: 33 partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated;

15 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n 34 for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.

16 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n 1 Peter 1:7-9 (NKJV) - that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faiththe salvation of your souls.

17 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n Remember, this testing is essential so that we might know we are in Christ. (2 Cor 13:5-6)

18 If you become a follower of God then expect to be tested! n 2 Corinthians 13:5-6 (NKJV) - Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed you are disqualified. 6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.

19 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Daniel 3:1-7 (NKJV) - Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

20 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n 2 And King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to gather together the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

21 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n 3 So the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered together for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

22 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n 4 Then a herald cried aloud: To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, 5that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up;

23 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n 6 and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 7 So at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, and lyre, in symphony with all kinds of music, all the people, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the gold image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

24 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n All the power and glitter the world could muster was put into this event. (1 Jn 2:15-17)

25 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n 1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV) - Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the worldthe lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of lifeis not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

26 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n The image was made of the most expensive material, gold.

27 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n The image was made of the most expensive material, gold. n The image was huge suggesting great wealth and power. It was 90 ft. by 9 ft. approximately 8 stories tall!

28 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n The image was made of the most expensive material, gold. n The image was huge suggesting great wealth and power. It was 90 ft. by 9 ft. approximately 8 stories tall! n Anyone who was anybody was at this event! A real whos who in the Babylonian kingdom.

29 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n The most modern instruments and the most talented musicians were to perform.

30 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n The most modern instruments and the most talented musicians were to perform. n It was to represent the god who was behind this great kingdom.

31 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n The most modern instruments and the most talented musicians were to perform. n It was to represent the god who was behind this great kingdom. n It had support of the vast majority. It had the numbers!

32 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n The most modern instruments and the most talented musicians were to perform. n It was to represent the god who was behind this great kingdom. n It had support of the vast majority. It had the numbers! n Worldly religions always appeal to the flesh. It was non-traditional!

33 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Some suggest that Nebuchadnezzar had just finished conquered Jerusalem.

34 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Some suggest that Nebuchadnezzar had just finished conquered Jerusalem. n While this differs from our suggested time line, the Septuagint version says this occurred in the 18th year of his reign some 16 years after Daniels interpretation of Nebuchadnezzars dream.

35 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Some suggest that Nebuchadnezzar had just finished conquered Jerusalem. n While this differs from our suggested time line, the Septuagint version says this occurred in the 18th year of his reign some 16 years after Daniels interpretation of Nebuchadnezzars dream. n In either case Nebuchadnezzar is full of himself.

36 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n His whole statue is of gold, not just the head!

37 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n His whole statue is of gold, not just the head! n He is referred to as king seven times in this chapter as compared to nine times in the entire book.

38 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n His whole statue is of gold, not just the head! n He is referred to as king seven times in this chapter as compared to nine times in the entire book. n Nebuchadnezzar has forgotten what he learned from Daniel.

39 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n His whole statue is of gold, not just the head! n He is referred to as king seven times in this chapter as compared to nine times in the entire book. n Nebuchadnezzar has forgotten what he learned from Daniel. n While we may be humbled at a given time, it is hard to stay humble.

40 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Remember!

41 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Remember! n The intolerance of worldly religion (3:4-6)

42 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Remember! n The intolerance of worldly religion (3:4-6) n Worldly religion will let you do what you wish as long as you also go along with them.

43 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Remember! n The intolerance of worldly religion (3:4-6) n Worldly religion will let you do what you wish as long as you also go along with them. n Nebuchadnezzar did not care if they continued in the church of their choice, he wanted them to also approve his!

44 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Remember! n The intolerance of worldly religion (3:4-6) n Worldly religion will let you do what you wish as long as you also go along with them. n Nebuchadnezzar did not care if they continued in the church of their choice, he wanted them to also approve his! n Would that be a compromise?

45 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Strangely, the expounders of many of the great new ideas of history were frequently considered on the lunatic fringe for some or all of their lives. If one stands up and is counted, from time to time one may get knocked down. But remember this: a man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good. -- Thomas J. Watson, Jr., Chairman of Board, IBM

46 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n When you refuse to participate, even when you do not say a word, you become a threat to them. (1 Pt 4:4; Heb 11:7)

47 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n 1 Peter 4:4 (NKJV) - In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.

48 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Hebrews 11:7 (NKJV) - By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

49 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Sometimes worldliness will use the terms: grace, peace, sweetness, positive religion.

50 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n The worst abuse I have received has come from those who talk much about these things!

51 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n The worst abuse I have received has come from those who talk much about these things! n Does that grace remain when they are challenged by Gods word?

52 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Years ago, an older preacher told me of a warning he had received years before from Cled Wallace. He said, "Watch out for the real sweet men. They will rip you to pieces when they get a chance." I have received more unkind and unjust treatment over the years from those who had the most to say about love, kindness, gentleness and such nobler qualities, but who could not tolerate any criticism about what they were teaching. -- Connie Adams

53 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Class Discussion:

54 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Class Discussion: n 1. Why does the world in fact hate Christ? Will we be treated any differently?

55 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Class Discussion: n 1. Why does the world in fact hate Christ? Will we be treated any differently? n 2. Why does a godly example anger many?

56 Nebuchadnezzars Monument to Himself (3:1-7) n Class Discussion: n 1. Why does the world in fact hate Christ? Will we be treated any differently? n 2. Why does a godly example anger many? n 3. Does worldly religion use Bible words and speak well about some Bible attributes of character? What then makes them (us) different?

57 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Daniel 3:8-12 (NKJV) - Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and accused the Jews. 9 They spoke and said to King Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live forever! 10 You, O king, have made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the gold image;

58 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n 11 and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 12 There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.

59 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n The charge against certain Jews.

60 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n The charge against certain Jews. n It was made as a personal affront to Nebuchadnezzar: these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you.

61 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n The charge against certain Jews. n It was made as a personal affront to Nebuchadnezzar: these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. n It is made to appear that these men in pride: do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.

62 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n When the issue is made personal then it becomes a matter of comparison! Who is smarter than the king?

63 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Why was it not all the Jews?

64 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Why was it not all the Jews? n Sadly there are few that are willing to stand up and be counted when it might cost them something. Many will gladly take a stand when the battle is already fought and won. (Gal 5:11; 6:12)

65 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Galatians 5:11 (NKJV) - And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.

66 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Galatians 6:12 (NKJV) - As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

67 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n "Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

68 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n "Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. n Those who really know God will not take the easy way out! (Heb 11:35-36)

69 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Hebrews 11:35-36 (NKJV) - Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.

70 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Please be careful when you quickly write off someone as a watchdog or trouble- maker. Many refuse not only to fight the battle but actually oppose those who do.

71 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Please be careful when you quickly write off someone as a watchdog or trouble- maker. Many refuse not only to fight the battle but actually oppose those who do. n While Daniel is not present there are those who have the same kind of faith and will stand! Will you dare to be a Daniel?

72 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Please be careful when you quickly write off someone as a watchdog or trouble- maker. Many refuse not only to fight the battle but actually oppose those who do. n While Daniel is not present there are those who have the same kind of faith and will stand! Will you dare to be a Daniel? n The motivation of the charges.

73 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n It appears that these religious people envied the position of these men.

74 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n It appears that these religious people envied the position of these men. n Often charges are made from hearts with evil motives. (Mk 15:10)

75 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Mark 15:10 (NKJV) - For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.

76 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Some use what they can call contending for the faith as a mask to conceal these motives!

77 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n What did the religious leaders accuse Jesus of?

78 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n What did the religious leaders accuse Jesus of? n Even when we may suspect bad motives we have an obligation to hear and seek the truth. They may be right! (Phil 1:15-18)

79 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Philippians 1:15-18 (NKJV) - Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.

80 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.

81 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n There are some accusations we should readily plea guilty to.

82 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n There are some accusations we should readily plea guilty to. n These men were following their father, the Devil! (Jn 8:44)

83 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n John 8:44 (NKJV) - You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

84 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Satan is known as the great accuser.

85 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Satan does not play fair! But we must never use his tactics or he will win. (2 Cor 10:3-5)

86 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJV) - For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

87 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n We can accuse others of unfair accusations while carrying on a whispering campaign against them every bit as unfair. Who wins?

88 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n We can accuse others of unfair accusations while carrying on a whispering campaign against them every bit as unfair. Who wins? n Satans work of accusation is thorough, if he fails in one place he returns in another!

89 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n We can accuse others of unfair accusations while carrying on a whispering campaign against them every bit as unfair. Who wins? n Satans work of accusation is thorough, if he fails in one place he returns in another! n He tries to make in personal and appeal to the worldliness in Nebuchadnezzar. He finds a ready participant.

90 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Class Discussion:

91 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Class Discussion: n 1. What is the major work of Satan?

92 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Class Discussion: n 1. What is the major work of Satan? n 2. How should we respond to a false accusation?

93 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Class Discussion: n 1. What is the major work of Satan? n 2. How should we respond to a false accusation? n 3. Should we fight fire with fire? Why is this difficult to avoid? (Rom 12:21)

94 Satans Work of Accusation (3:8-12) n Romans 12:21 (NKJV) - Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

95 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Daniel 3:13-23 (NKJV) - Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up?

96 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n 15 Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?

97 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.

98 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up. 19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.

99 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

100 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n 22 Therefore, because the kings command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed- Nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

101 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Satans goal is to block you from reason and make you his blind slave. (2 Tim 2:25-26)

102 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n 2 Timothy 2:25-26 (NKJV) - in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

103 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n One of the best weapons Satan uses is uncontrolled anger. (Eph 4:26-27)

104 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Ephesians 4:26-27 (NKJV) -Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.

105 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n In anger we can do things that make us appear crazy. (Jas 1:19-20; Prov 14:17,29)

106 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n James 1:19-20 (NKJV) - So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

107 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Proverbs 14:17 (NKJV) - A quick- tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated.

108 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Proverbs 14:29 (NKJV) - He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly.

109 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Nebuchadnezzars anger makes him blind to men of principle. (4:13-18)

110 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Nebuchadnezzars anger makes him blind to men of principle. (4:13-18) n Force will never bend men and women who stand upon truth. (4:16)

111 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Nebuchadnezzars anger makes him blind to men of principle. (4:13-18) n Force will never bend men and women who stand upon truth. (4:16) n When we think truth can be negotiated then we have surrendered. (Jn 8:32)

112 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n John 8:32 (NKJV) - And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

113 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n When compromise is made in your loyalty to God, He calls it adultery.

114 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n When compromise is made in your loyalty to God, He calls it adultery. n How would you like to share your mate with another?

115 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n When compromise is made in your loyalty to God, He calls it adultery. n How would you like to share your mate with another? n This is how God views our loyalty to Him. (2 Cor 11:2-4)

116 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n 2 Corinthians 11:2-4 (NKJV) - For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

117 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not acceptedyou may well put up with it!

118 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n The nation of Israel heard their adultery described. (Jer 3:6-10)

119 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Jeremiah 3:6-10 (NKJV) - The LORD said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot. 7 And I said, after she had done all these things, Return to Me. But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

120 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n 8 Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. 9 So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.

121 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n 10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense, says the LORD.

122 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Fellowship in time will determine practice. (1 Cor 5:5-6)

123 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n 1 Corinthians 5:5-6 (NKJV) - deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

124 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n What if they had done it just this one time? (Eph 5:3 KJV)

125 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Ephesians 5:3 (KJV) - But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

126 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Maybe they should have made this a Romans 14 issue, and proclaim themselves loyal to God while fellowshipping the idolaters!

127 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n While how God would deliver these men is in doubt, they knew God would act! It may have been they become examples as martyrs! (4:17-18)

128 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n While how God would deliver these men is in doubt, they knew God would act! It may have been they become examples as martyrs! (4:17-18) n Abraham even knew of some possible things God might do. (Heb 11:17-19)

129 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Hebrews 11:17-19 (NKJV) - By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, In Isaac your seed shall be called, 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

130 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Abraham learned this and so did Mordecai. (Esther 4:14)

131 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Esther 4:14 (NKJV) - "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

132 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Trustfulness is based on confidence in God, whose ways I do not understand. If I did, there would be no need for trust. - Oswald Chambers

133 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Trustfulness is based on confidence in God, whose ways I do not understand. If I did, there would be no need for trust. - Oswald Chambers n Paul would also grant the possibility of Gods actions in meeting Onesimus. (Philemon 1:15)

134 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Philemon 15 (NKJV) - For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever,

135 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Please be careful in attributing things to God. We could be wrong.

136 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Please be careful in attributing things to God. We could be wrong. n The consequences of Nebuchadnezzars anger.

137 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Please be careful in attributing things to God. We could be wrong. n The consequences of Nebuchadnezzars anger. n What is the use in heating up the fire seven times? Rather than increase the punishment to would do the opposite! He is not thinking. (4:19)

138 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Some mighty men of valor lost their lives. (4:20,22)

139 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n His foolishness was very public! How often has anger made wise men fools?

140 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Class Discussion:

141 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Class Discussion: n 1. What does uncontrolled anger do to us?

142 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Class Discussion: n 1. What does uncontrolled anger do to us? n 2. Why is a study of fellowship important?

143 The Folly of Nebuchadnezzars Anger (3:13-23) n Class Discussion: n 1. What does uncontrolled anger do to us? n 2. Why is a study of fellowship important? n 3. What do we know and what do we not know about Gods providence?

144 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n Daniel 3:24-30 (NKJV) - Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said to the king, True, O king. 25 Look! he answered, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

145 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire.

146 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n 27 And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the kings counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.

147 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n 28 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the kings word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God!

148 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n 29 Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this. 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.

149 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n What started out as a great party to worldly religion turns into a great lesson in the difference between false Gods and the one true God.

150 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n What started out as a great party to worldly religion turns into a great lesson in the difference between false Gods and the one true God. n Gods glory is best seen in times of conflict and difficulty.

151 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n What started out as a great party to worldly religion turns into a great lesson in the difference between false Gods and the one true God. n Gods glory is best seen in times of conflict and difficulty. n Let us never be ashamed of contending for the faith. (Jude 3)

152 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n Jude 3 (NKJV) - Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

153 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n What some people think will make the church grow is a recipe for apostasy.

154 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n What some people think will make the church grow is a recipe for apostasy. n Look again at the men God is using to rebuild His people.

155 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n God sends an angel to protect Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. (3:24-25)

156 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n God sends an angel to protect Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. (3:24-25) n The NASV is the correct translation were it describes a son of the gods.

157 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n Daniel 3:25 (NASB) - He said, Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!

158 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n Nebuchadnezzars statue seems to have lost its luster!

159 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n Nebuchadnezzars statue seems to have lost its luster! n Three observations of Nebuchadnezzar. (3:28-30)

160 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n Nebuchadnezzars statue seems to have lost its luster! n Three observations of Nebuchadnezzar. (3:28-30) n Real faith is to be admired.

161 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n No worldly power or king can stand against such a faith.

162 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n No worldly power or king can stand against such a faith. n It is better to yield your bodies than to yield your faith!

163 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n No worldly power or king can stand against such a faith. n It is better to yield your bodies than to yield your faith! n Because of the stand of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego Gods people are protected.

164 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n No worldly power or king can stand against such a faith. n It is better to yield your bodies than to yield your faith! n Because of the stand of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego Gods people are protected. n If only we had the faith to know where real power comes from!

165 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n God further exalted these men.

166 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n God further exalted these men. n There will be future parties God will crash.

167 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n God further exalted these men. n There will be future parties God will crash. n Who do I really want to have fellowship with?

168 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n God further exalted these men. n There will be future parties God will crash. n Who do I really want to have fellowship with? n While some say they want to be right with God, they in fact want to please men. (Gal 1:10)

169 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n Galatians 1:10 (NKJV) - For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

170 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n While we may fool men, God knows our heart!

171 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n While we may fool men, God knows our heart! n I have talked with men about what was right and what they needed to do. Even though they have agreed with me, I have often heard the refusal to stand rationalized like this: It is hard to do what is right!

172 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n While we may fool men, God knows our heart! n I have talked with men about what was right and what they needed to do. Even though they have agreed with me, I have often heard the refusal to stand rationalized like this: It is hard to do what is right! n What will heaven be like?

173 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n It will be filled with men of faith who at times had to stand alone. (Heb 11:32-38)

174 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n Hebrews 11:32-38 (NKJV) - And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

175 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.

176 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.

177 When God Crashes a Party (3:24-30) n When you have no helpers, see all your helpers in God. When you have many helpers, see God in all your helpers. When you have nothing but God, see all in God. When you have everything, see God in everything. Under all conditions, stay thy heart only on the Lord.


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